Academic journal article Theological Studies

Bishops on the Border: Pastoral Responses to Immigration

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Bishops on the Border: Pastoral Responses to Immigration

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Bishops on the Border: Pastoral Responses to Immigration. By Mark Adams, Minerva Carcaho, Gerald Kicanas, Kirk Smith, and Stephen Talmage. New York: Morehouse, 2013. Pp. xxxii + 128. $18.

Aiming at a broad audience, religious leaders from several Christian traditions offer spiritual and moral reflection on the present humanitarian crisis of immigration over the US--Mexico border. Its authors are all leaders of local religious communities in Arizona and northern Mexico: Presbyterian Church (USA), United Methodist Church, Roman Catholic Church, the Episcopal Church, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Together they aim to speak "from the heart, not from the head," offering the reader "a part of our spiritual autobiography" (viii) drawn from encounters with the border's present inhabitants and the most tragic victims of current immigration and economic policy.

The book begins with an introduction by Presbyterian clergyman Mark Smith, who situates the present crisis in a broader historical context that examines the multinational history of demographic change and social and economic policies that have created, populated, militarized, industrialized, and criminalized the border since its 19th-century origins. …

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